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Meijer Crystal Quenchers White Grape Sparkling Water Beverage (Meijer)

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I think I'd rather drink my own piss. Anyone remember the sparkling water brand known as Clearly Canadian? For some reason, I feel like it’s one of those products that everyone has heard of, for one reason or another, whether or not they bought it. Was it the first sparkling water beverage on the market? Or was it just one of the first that did so without sugar? Or was it just cheaper than competitors? Or did it just have a taste that appealed to the masses more than any before it? Whatever the reasoning, it always had a place deep inside my memory bank. It also brings back more personal feelings of nostalgia: shopping with my mom at the long-defunct discount drug store chain Phar-Mor, which is where I first saw the clear drink (and whose dubious history could fill up an entire blog post all by itself). Anyway, flash forward to the present day. Clearly Canadian is still a brand, though mismanagement and other setbacks have pushed it toward the back of the “sparkling water” wars, re

Pepsi vs. Summit GT Cola (Aldi): A Random Apples to Oranges Comparison of Two Very Different Sodas

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Apparently they've dropped the "GT" from the name, making this look much more generic. I’ve long felt that Aldi’s GT Cola is one of the best Pepsi knockoffs that I’ve ever tried.  It has a good cola flavor that blows most store/budget brands out of the water, and is incredibly affordable at an unbelievable 59 cents for a two-liter.  But how exactly does the taste stack up to one of the kings of cola?  Going into the test, it’s only common sense that Pepsi itself will out-Pepsi any competition.  So this is not necessarily a test to see which is “better”, per se, but rather to see if GT Cola really is as close as I thought it was throughout all these years. I should note this test was pulled off using a freshly opened two-liter of Pepsi, and a two-liter of GT Cola that had been in the fridge for about four days.  Not that I think it causes too much of a difference to the overall test--the GT isn’t flat, and tastes exactly like I remember it tasting four days ago whe